18/09/2020

DoD awards USD7.4 billion for USAF and FMS Reaper production

DoD awards USD7.4 billion for USAF and FMS Reaper production – link

Source: Jane’s

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  • The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) a USD7.4 billion contract to cover future domestic and international production of the MQ-9 Reaper UAS
  • The award, announced by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), was granted under the Agile Reaper Enterprise Solution (ARES) scheme “in an effort to field MQ-9 Reapers faster and meet an increasing operational demand for the aircraft.”
  • As noted by the AFLCMC, ARES is a five-year fixed indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, developed by the MQ-9 Program Office. “[It] will stabilize costs, allow for the procurement of [between four and] 36 aircraft per year in the same appropriation year, and reduce the time it takes to deliver the aircraft to operational units by approximately 35%,” the center said
  • The contract contains pre-priced mobile ground control stations, ground data terminals, spares, and support equipment. This pre-priced contract allows the MQ-9 Program Office to go through the complete contract clearance process only once
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